Marcelo BIELSA will be managing French club Lille next season.
An agreement has been reached between Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille and former Argentina national team manager, Marcelo BIELSA. The club’s director of football Marc INGLA has just made the announcement via the club’s website reporting that BIELSA will be taking over as coach for the 2017-2018 season.
Lille, Marseille and Lazio
BIELSA will sign a two year deal which will take effect July 1, 2017, confirming BIELSA’s return to French football. His previous stint in France was with Marseille which lasted for only one season. He had later agreed to manag Serie A club Lazio but quit his job 48 hours later, never actually taking the pitch with the team. BIELSA, now 61, will take over his 11th team, nine of which have been clubs and two National Teams. Here’s his breakdown:
Newell’s Old Boys (1990-1992)
Velez Sarsfield (1997-1998)
Athletic Bilbao (2011-2013)
Statement from general director:
“Marcelo BIELSA is without a doubt one of the most respected and most influential coaches in the world and attracting him to Lille is a great satisfaction. Also a show of proof at the club’s ambitions. It’s not a secret, Gerard LOPEZ and Marcelo BIELSA are close and have been talking for quiet some time about this opportunity. We’ve always thought that BIELSA was the best one (for the job), as much for his football philosophy and experience, his work ethic, his professionalism, building with us a project and Lille’s future victories. We answered all his questions in order for him to join us. Even if we are absolutely concentrated on the upcoming matches and the highly important objectives for the end of the season with Franck PASSI, it’s very big good news that we announce it today for Lille’s tomorrow.”